Six males arrested while allegedly attempting to catch a buyer for elephant tusks at King Shaka International Airport in Durban are expected to seem in court docket on Monday.
The males, inclined between 27 and 40 years, were arrested on Thursday by a Hawks serious organised crime investigation team in Durban for possession of elephant tusks and contravening the National Environmental Administration Biodiversity Act.
Hawks spokesperson Col Katlego Mogale talked about an intelligence-pushed operation used to be conducted at the airport, acting on information about suspects with elephant tusks.
He talked about three males were intercepted while driving into the airport and a search used to be conducted.
“Two elephant tusks were chanced on inside their automobile and besides they were immediately arrested after they failed to provide the motive within the back of them possessing formulation of endangered species. The recovered tusks weighed 8.1kg and have an estimated avenue cost of R200,000,” talked about Mogale.
Mogale talked about the investigation led police to a hotel in Durban North the get three extra males were arrested.
“Their automobile used to be seized for additional investigation. It used to be additional chanced on that the suspects were in Durban attempting to catch a buyer of the tusks,” he talked about.